Our Work

As a lab made up of both conservation and book repair staff, we preserve and conserve physical materials from our circulating and special collections, which includes books, works on paper, papyrus, parchment, and photographic materials. 

Our guidelines for the conservation of papyrus documents important considerations, as well as the tools, equipment, and materials we use.

We also respond to emergencies affecting library materials, stabilize collections for digitization, and prepare materials for exhibits and loans. 

You can read about some of our work on the Beyond the Reading Room blog or find out more about the library’s preservation and conservation department.

Interested in the profession? Learn more about becoming a conservator.

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